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Reg E. Cathey

Biography

Renowned for performing Norman Wilson in HBO’s The Wire and Freddy in Netflix’s House of Credit cards, he also appeared simply because Martin Querns in HBO’s Oz so when Baron Samedi in NBC’s Grimm. Early in his performing career, he made an appearance in two dozen shows from the PBS children’s plan Square One Television. He made an appearance alongside Mls Teller and Kate Mara within the 2015 superhero film Fantastic Four. Though he was created in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.A., he was raised primarily in Western world Germany. In 2014, he and Paul Schneider both became a member of the ensemble of WE tv’s The Separate.

Quick Facts


Full Name Reg E. Cathey
Date Of Birth August 18, 1958
Place Of Birth Huntsville, AL
Height 1.82 m
Profession TV Actor
Education J.O. Johnson High School
Nationality American
Parents Red Cathey
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Obie Award for Performance
Movies Fantastic Four, Seven, The Mask, Hands of Stone, The Machinist, S.W.A.T., American Psycho, Tank Girl, Pootie Tang, Nasty Baby, Airheads, Born on the Fourth of July, My Last Day Without You, Funny Farm, What About Bob?, Clear and Present Danger, Two Men in Town, Planet Brooklyn, 20 Years After, Homicide: The Movie, Arbitrage, Loose Cannons, Everyday People, Ill-Gotten Gains, The Normals, Alex of Venice, A Good Night to Die, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Boycott, A NY Thing, Sweet Kandy, Hamlet, Sampling
TV Shows The Wire, Square One Television, House of Cards, Outcast
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1He is the only person to have a recurring role in every David Simon produced/written television series filmed in Baltimore. The shows were Homicide: Life on the Street, Homicide: The Movie, The Corner, and The Wire.
2Has played two characters with the surname 'Querns'. The first was in Oz (1997), where Martin Querns managed the Emerald City unit of the penitentiary. The second appearance was as a defense attorney Barry Querns in the opening two-part episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)'s 14th season. It is never mentioned whether or not these characters are the same, or rather a simple character reference.
3Was raised in Germany.
4Plays a baritone saxophone. He usually plays saxophone in his spare time.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Outcast2016TV SeriesChief Giles / Chief Byron Giles
Hands of Stone2016Don King
Inside Amy Schumer2016TV SeriesAdviser / Congressman #2
Horace and Pete2016TV Mini-SeriesHarold
House of Cards2013-2016TV SeriesFreddy
The Blacklist2016TV SeriesThe Caretaker
Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter2015TV Mini-SeriesDad
Fantastic Four2015Dr. Franklin Storm
The Good Wife2015TV SeriesJudge Aaron Coleman
Sweet Kandy2015Curtis Coleson
Nasty Baby2015The Bishop
St. Vincent2014Gus
The Divide2014TV SeriesUncle Bobby
Alex of Venice2014Walt
Banshee2014TV SeriesDet. Julius Bonner
Two Men in Town2014Supervisor Jones
Banshee Origins2014TV Mini-SeriesDet. Julius Bonner
Grimm2013TV SeriesThe Baron Baron Samedi
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Rise of the Hutt Cartel2013Video GameAdditional Voices (voice)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2008-2013TV SeriesBarry Querns / Victor Tybor
Sampling2012ShortLeonard
Person of Interest2012TV SeriesDavidson
The Normals2012Rodney
Arbitrage2012Earl Monroe
My Last Day Without You2011Pastor Johnson
Lights Out2011TV SeriesBarry K. Word
30 Rock2010TV SeriesRutherford Rice
Une aventure New-Yorkaise2009TV MovieMarcus
Patsy2008Dr. Joshua
The Wire2006-2008TV SeriesNorman Wilson
20 Years After2008Samuel
508 Nelson2006Frank Harmon
Third Watch2005TV SeriesJaime Castro
The Cookout2004Frank Washington
The Jury2004TV SeriesMr. Grove
Men Without Jobs2004Mr. Morgan
Everyday People2004Akbar (Black Ribbon Friday)
The Machinist2004Jones
Law & Order2004TV SeriesGerald
S.W.A.T.2003Lt. Greg Velasquez (as Reginald E. Cathey)
A Good Night to Die2003Avi
Head of State2003Officer Waters
Oz2000-2003TV SeriesMartin Querns
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2002TV SeriesProfessor Roland Sanders
Pootie Tang2001Dirty Dee
Boycott2001TV MovieE.D. Nixon
The Corner2000TV Mini-SeriesScalio
Homicide: The Movie2000TV MovieBernard Weeks
American Psycho2000Homeless Man
Arli$$1997-1998TV SeriesAlvin Epps
Homicide: Life on the Street1998TV SeriesBernard Weeks
Ill Gotten Gains1997Nassor
ER1996TV SeriesIAD Investigator David Haskell
Se7en1995Dr. Santiago
Tyson1995TV MovieAttorney Winston
Tank Girl1995Deetee
Napoleon1995Frog (English version, voice)
The Hard Truth1994Shotgun cop
Airheads1994Marcus
Clear and Present Danger1994Sergeant-Major
The Mask1994Freeze (as Reginald E. Cathey)
Clean Slate19941st Cop
Roc1994TV SeriesFred
And the Band Played On1993TV MovieStaff Doctor #2
Star Trek: The Next Generation1993TV SeriesMorag
Square One Television1987-1992TV SeriesVarious
Fool's Fire1992TV MovieMinister Gunther
What About Bob?1991Howie, 'Good Morning America' Director
Eyes of a Witness1991TV MovieProsecutor
Quick Change1990Sound Analyst
Loose Cannons1990Willie
Astonished1990Wayne
Great Performances1990TV SeriesGuildenstern
Born on the Fourth of July1989Speaker - Syracuse, NY
Penn & Teller Get Killed1989Fan's Friend
Me and Him1988Waiter
Crossing Delancey1988Cab Driver
Funny Farm1988Reporter
Spenser: For Hire1987TV SeriesShepard
A Doctor's Story1984TV MovieRichie

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Morphed2009TV Series documentary narrator - 2 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sweet Kandy2015associate producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Expedition Week2011TV SeriesHimself - Narrator
Earth: Making of a Planet2011TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Naked Science2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Aftermath2010TV SeriesHimself - Narrator
The People Speak2009DocumentaryHimself
The Wright Stuff2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
Xposé2009TV SeriesHimself
Michael Stahl-David: Behind the Star2008TV SeriesHimself
Aftermath: Population Zero2008TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Wire: The Last Word2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Wire Odyssey2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Meerkat Manor2007TV Series documentaryNarrator
Strength in UnionDocumentary filmingNarrator (voice)
IMDb on the Scene2015TV SeriesHimself
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
2015 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Winner: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series / Presenter: Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) / Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period Program (One Hour or More) / ...
Masters of the Clock: The Legend of Martinsville2015TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Journey to Sundance2014DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Banshee2015TV SeriesDet. Julias Bonner / Det. Julius Bonner

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesHouse of Cards (2013)
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesHouse of Cards (2013)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesHouse of Cards (2013)
2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Supporting Actor, Network/Cable TelevisionEveryday People (2004)
2002Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best Supporting ActorBoycott (2001)


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#Trademark
1Deep gravelly growling voice which he puts to good use in roles as villains and authority figures.

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